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Harper and Wicker Standout In 2010 ACU Ratings

February 10, 2011

The American Conservative Union is generally the standard on the right when it comes to grading Senators and Representatives each year. With a 0-100 scale (100 meaning they voted with ACU on all votes scored), here is how Mississippi’s delegation performed last year:

– Sen. Roger Wicker scored a 96 last year and has a 91.13 lifetime rating. Interestingly, the only time Wicker did not vote with the ACU was on the March earmark moratorium. Wicker has since announced his opposition to earmarks.

– Sen. Thad Cochran scored an 88 last year and has an 80.34 lifetime rating.

– Rep. Gregg Harper scored a 96 last year and has a lifetime rating of 96. Harper and the ACU parted ways on federal standards for school punishment legislation.

– Former Rep. Gene Taylor scored a 43 and ends his two decades in Washington with a lifetime rating of 64.60, among the highest for any Democrat today.

– Former Rep. Travis Childers scored a 35 and ended his two and a half years with a lifetime rating of 38.67.

– Rep. Bennie Thompson scored a 4 last year. In 18 years, he has a 9.38 lifetime rating. The bill Thompson and the ACU agreed on? Campaign finance disclosure from last June. This was the House’s attempt to reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. I imagine Thompson opposed it because he felt it didn’t go far enough, rather than because of a belief in free speech rights for corporations and labor.

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